By Lauren Lege
30A South Walton unnamed 1 Signature Cocktails on 30A

Elderspice Martini at Caliza

30A is most commonly known for its beaches and coastal dune lakes; however, salt water isn’t the only liquid we’re good for. 30A is also home to an extremely creative slough of bartenders. Here are some of our very own signature cocktails, specific to 30A and our hard-working restaurant crews.

Seaside Punch, Bud & Alley’s. This smooth blend of Stoli vodka, apple, peach and black raspberry puree, pineapple juice and house-made sour mix is a perfect beach-side thirst-quencher.

Elderspice Martini, Caliza. Beverage manager Christine Tarpey recommends this cocktail, a mix of Svedka vodka, St. Germain, elder flower liquor, sliced jalapeno, and lime juice.

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30A South Walton 30A Radio 400 Six Easy Ways to Listen to 30A RadioA new and revamped all-digital 30A Radio is up and cranking out the tunes and 30A coverage 24 hours a day.

General Manager Cory Davis plays plenty of beach-inspired Southern funk, rock and reggae, including at least one local artist an hour; along with daily beach and surf reports; events; EAT IT, a feature highlighting some of the best dishes on 30A; and plenty of shout-outs from personalities across 30A.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s easy. Here are six ways to tune in.

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30A South Walton 30Acover Reminder: Get Your Tickets Now for 30A Songwriters Festival

Gulf Place on 30A, Photo by Shelly Swanger

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your tickets for the sixth-annual 30A Songwriters Festival to be held January 16-18, 2015.

The festival will feature performances by esteemed artists Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Also confirmed are Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Deana Carter and Peter Karp & Sue Foley.

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30A South Walton Solaris Sunset MoonMed Welcome the New Year on the Water with Fireworks, Dinner and Dancing

Sunquest Cruises’ SOLARIS

Ring in the New Year in true Emerald Coast style and on the water. SunQuest Cruises is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the SOLARIS yacht on Wednesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Patrons will embark on a memorable evening that includes a five-course seated dinner, live entertainment, fireworks, party favors and champagne.

“New Year’s Eve is our ultimate celebration on the water,” said James Murray, General Manager for SunQuest Cruises. “We combine the best of all worlds from cruising our local waters to indulging in a gourmet meal to enjoying the best seat in the house for fireworks. It’s all about creating fond memories and happiness for our guests.”

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30A South Walton 1053060 10151696407652899 1183979317 o Emeril Lagasse to Host Taste of the Race Event

Chef Emeril Lagasse

Chef Emeril Lagasse is hosting the first-ever Taste of the Race event in conjunction with the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run.

Kick off the race weekend on Friday, February 27, by attending the soiree, which will be held next to the Seaside Neighborhood School from 6 to 8 pm. Guests will feast on delicious food from some of the Gulf Coast’s top restaurants: Emeril’s, Emeril’s Tchoup’s Chop, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Bay, Great Southern Cafe, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud and Alley’s and more. Enjoy live music by the Trick Pony, sip beverages while mingling among friends, and pick up registration packets, priced at $99 per ticket.

The intimate VIP reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse from 5:30 to 6:30 pm is already SOLD OUT. So don’t delay on grabbing tickets for the party!

Ticket sales are now open and can be purchased by visiting Event Brite. Proceeds benefit The Seaside School Foundation, a non-profit organization.


30A South Walton Naples Italy Inspired Recipes The Pizza Bar 984 JG New Chef Takes Helm at Bud & Alleys Pizza Bar

Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar

Chef Phillip McDonald has joined the Bud & Alley’s team as executive chef of The Pizza Bar, bringing a fresh eye to the menu at this Gulf-side eatery in Seaside.

McDonald, who was born and raised in Destin, recently returned to the Emerald Coast after a year honing his culinary skills with some of the best in the New York culinary scene, including a six-month stint as sous chef at Reynard at the Wythe Hotel.

Bud & Alley’s owner Dave Rauschkolb said collaborating with McDonald is a natural. “We are both low-key local surfers passionate about serving up fresh food and creating a great dining experience. I’m thrilled that we are able to work together and look forward to all the ways Chef Phil will raise the ‘bar’ with us.”

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30A South Walton scenic beach walk 960 e1418065308242 Winter Solstice Run: All day, 40 mile Adventure Around 30A

On December 21, a group of runners will celebrate the winter solstice with an all-day ultra run, starting at sunrise and continuing until sunset along 40 miles of beaches, coastal dune lakes and state forests of 30A.

The Winter Solstice Run is not a race, it’s all about fun, adventure and camaraderie, and raising awareness and funding for women in the DR Congo.

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30A South Walton 163155 479876787511 5576353 n This Holiday Season, Adopt a Family in Need and Bring them a Holiday to RememberWant to help make Christmas merrier for some children and their families? The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Adopt-A-Family program is underway.

The Center is seeking donors to purchase gifts for individual families identified as in need. Last year, the program helped 261 children have a brighter holiday. To help, Simply contact ECCAC and select a family from their list, shop for them, and bring unwrapped gifts by December 14 or sooner to the Niceville center.

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children.

To make arrangements to Adopt-A-Family, call 850-833-9237, or email Katie Crowell.

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